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Samsung Craft Review

Samsung Craft

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Samsung Craft Review
Handling phone conversations with the Craft is surprisingly good since we didn't experience any hint of obstruction during our testing. The earpiece produces some decent tones to make the already clear and distinct voices of our callers even easier to comprehend – plus there is no background or static noise. On the flip side, our callers did say the same thing about us on their end – specifically, our voice was more than audible and natural in tone. When switching over to the speakerphone, it might not have produced some overbearing tones, but conversing is still more than pleasant.

To our amazement, the handset doesn't handle well in retaining a solid connection to the network. In our time testing it, we did experience quite a few dropped calls in our area.

Battery life should be good enough to last a solid day on normal usage, but we did obtain a talk time of over 7 hours from a single charge. The manufacturer has it rated for  6 hours or talk and 200 hours of standby time.


Conclusion:

With arms wide open and readily awaiting an embrace, we welcome the next generation of data connectivity for mobile with the onset of LTE. Sure it's only available in one market for right now, but it does signal the next era of mobile connectivity – and the Samsung Craft is here to give us a tasting.

Accepting it solely as a messaging device, its $299.99 price is surely its biggest sore spot – even though it's branded as the first LTE enabled handset. In fact, its web browsing performance over Wi-Fi is still nothing worth bragging about, but its hefty price does exhibit some rich hardware under the hood to match it. However, there are a host of other alternatives out there that are more than ideal for messaging individuals. Additionally, there are smartphones out there that easily triumph over the Craft in a variety of key areas.

In the end, it's nice that the Craft is bestowed with the prestigious title of being the first LTE enabled handset on the market, but it just doesn't come off on a level surface as something that's considered to be next-generation.


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Pros

  • Stunning AMOLED display
  • Great calling quality
  • LTE connectivity

Cons

  • Bulky & bland design
  • Inconsistent web browsing experience
  • No pre-loaded apps
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PhoneArena rating:
7Good
Display3.3 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (283 ppi) AMOLED
Camera3.2 megapixels
Size4.48 x 2.21 x 0.60 inches
(114 x 56 x 15 mm)
3.74 oz  (150 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 6 hours talk time

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